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Chad P Boudreaux, Stephen J Balek: End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, October 6, 2009: US07597229 (446 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument including a closure system configured to move an anvil of an end effector between an open position, a partially closed position, and a closed position. The surgical instrument can further include a lock member configured to selectively engage and lock the closure system when th ...


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Chad P Boudreaux, Jeffrey S Swayze: Surgical stapling instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, July 13, 2010: US07753245 (424 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument including a shaft, an end effector movable relative to the shaft, a locking mechanism configured to engage the shaft and/or end effector to fix the relative relationship between the shaft and end effector, and a closure system configured to close the end effector and engage the ...


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Chad P Boudreaux, Douglas J Siebenaler, Geoffrey C Hueil, Kenneth E Hogue, Christoph L Gillum: Surgical instrument with bending articulation controlled articulation pivot joint. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, January 27, 2009: US07481824 (352 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument particularly suited to endoscopic and laparoscopic insertion through a cannula of a trocar into an insufflated body cavity or lumen includes a bending member in an elongate shaft that acts to rotate an end effector about an articulation pivot joint. A proximally directed cammin ...


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Chad P Boudreaux: Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism. Ehticon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, June 7, 2011: US07954684 (342 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument including a firing drive configured to selectively advance a firing member and/or cutting member relative to an end effector and, in addition, a reversing drive configured to selectively retract the firing member and/or cutting member relative to the end effector. In various em ...


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Chad P Boudreaux, Christopher J Schall: Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with travel-indicating retraction member. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean L Garner, November 15, 2011: US08056787 (316 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling and severing instrument particularly suited to endoscopic procedures incorporates a handle that produces separate closing and firing motions to actuate an end effector. In particular, the handle produces multiple firing strokes in order to reduce the required amount of force requ ...


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Bret W Smith, Daniel J Abbott, Richard F Schwemberger, Frederick E Shelton IV, Chad P Boudreaux, Brelt E Swensgard, Ryan J Laurent: Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system. Ethicon Endo Sugery, December 17, 2013: US08608045 (295 worldwide citation)

In one general aspect, various embodiments of the present invention can include a motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a drive shaft, a motor selectively engageable with the drive shaft, and a manual return mechanism configured to operably disengage the motor from the drive sha ...


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Zhifan F Huang, Chad P Boudreaux, Joseph C Hueil, Dean B Bruewer, Aron O Zingman, David B Smith, Geoffrey C Hueil, Hector Chow, Mark R Shaw: Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector. Ethicon Endo Surgery, November 13, 2012: US08308040 (293 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument can comprise a channel configured to support a staple cartridge and, in addition, an anvil pivotable between open and closed positions relative to the channel. The surgical instrument can further comprise a cutting member configured to incise tissue positioned captured between ...


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Chad P Boudreaux: Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler. September 18, 2012: US08267300 (291 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument including a shaft and an end effector. The end effector may comprise a first jaw and a second jaw. The first jaw may be movable relative to the second jaw between an open configuration and a closed configuration. The surgical instrument may comprise a closure assembly which may ...


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Zhifan F Huang, Chad P Boudreaux, Joseph C Huell, Dean B Bruewer, David B Smith: Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 2, 2013: US08408439 (287 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, a surgical instrument can comprise an end effector including a channel configured to support a staple cartridge and, in addition, an anvil pivotable between open and closed positions relative to the staple cartridge channel. The surgical instrument can further comprise a clos ...


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James A Woodard Jr, Charles J Scheib, Chad P Boudreaux, Dean B Bruewer, Richard F Schwemberger, Christopher J Schall, Jerome R Morgan, Robert J Simms, Douglas J Siebenaler, Jeffrey S Swayze, John N Ouwerkerk: Fastener system comprising a retention matrix. Ethicon Endo Surgery, September 10, 2013: US08529600 (269 worldwide citation)

A surgical fastener system can comprise a plurality of fasteners which can be connected to one another by a retention matrix which is assembled to the fasteners in order to capture tissue therebetween. In various embodiments, each fastener can comprise a base and the distance in which the retention ...